President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov had chaired joint meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan and National Security Council. The meeting had been attended also by governors of provinces.
During the meeting, President of Turkmenistan summed up preliminary outcomes of the current year.
The global economy goes through serious crisis, stressed the Head of State. According to IMF data, the rates of economic growth had slumped in developing countries due to external conditions. However, Turkmenistan had taken timely measures on implementation of economic and social programs and prevention declining in living standards, said President.
The fruitful and purposeful work, broad support of the population have become the key to success in the economy and foreign policy. The IMF delegation, which recently visited Turkmenistan, had positively appreciated the work done in this direction, noted President.
All planned targets for 2016 had been accomplished. The new edition of the Constitution as well as the state budget for next year had been adopted. As the Head of State noted, all the social benefits for the population, consuming free natural gas and electricity, have been maintained. The public services fees remain low. The measures had been taken to keep consumer prices at the before level. The wages, pensions and benefits, scholarships will be again increased by 10 %. There is no any problems with the payment of salaries.
202 facilities worth over US $ 5 billion had been commissioned this year, said President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov. They include Ashgabat International airport, first phase of railway Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan, power plant in Lebap province, complex of buildings of Oguz Khan Engineering and Technology University. The construction of the international gas pipeline Turkmenistan-India-Afganistan-Pakistan is underway. Among the new buildings - housing with a total area of over 1.7 million square meters, schools and kindergartens, health care facilities and hotels in the national tourist zone Avaza.
Current year 8 foreign visits of the governmental delegation of the country, 10 visits of heads of foreign states and governments to Turkmenistan, as well as a number of meetings with officials of foreign states, international organizations and companies took place.
In 2016, Turkmenistan was elected as vice-chairman of the UN General Assembly for the fifth time, as well as to the three commissions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The first Global Conference on the Sustainable Transport adopted the Ashgabat Declaration. Turkmenistan was elected as Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference for 2017.
Neutral Turkmenistan contributes to the strengthening of peace and stability, the establishment of good neighborly relations in the region. Despite the negative and positive conditions for all countries and extremely difficult year, we expect a high rate of GDP growth at the level of 6.2 %, said Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov.
The next year presidential elections should be held at high organizational level, said the Head of State. Democratic basics, founded by ancestors and enriched with new content, envisage the elections of heads in maximum open and transparent environment.
Speaking on the upcoming Asian Games, the Head of State emphasized that for the first time we will host such big sports event. The sport prestige of the Motherland and opportunities for future organization of such kind high level events in the country will depend on the hosting way of Asian Games-2017.
President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov suggested to held the next year under the motto "The Year of Health and inspiration", in view of the planned events for 2017. The Head of State instructed to announce contest for the creation of logo of 2017.
President of Turkmenistan ordered to organize 24-hour duty of all services and to ensure the smooth functioning of public utilities, electricity and water supply, health care, public transport, trade and law order.
In the course of meeting the vice-chairmen had made reports. It was reported on the measures taken for maintenance of commodity abundance and price stability, as well as organization of festivities and concerts. It was informed about improvement of financial and economic system of the country, situation in economic sectors, planning of activities, aimed at implementing foreign policy strategy in 2017.
The heads of power and law enforcement bodies reported on the progress of military reform, aimed at strengthening the defense capability and security of the sovereign state.
President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov had signed a decree ordering the State Migration Service to ensure the implementation of measures associated with entry of Turkmenistan into the Public Key Directory of International Civil Aviation Organization.
Then, governors of provinces reported on their activity and situation in agricultural sector, implementation of the National rural development program and organization of New Year events.
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